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Arsenal 23 CSKA Moscow 2

That could have been the score line if the gunners had put away all their chances tonight. Another frustrating game at The Grove, Thierry and his team did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. Difficult to know which chance to start with, Cesc’s open goal hitting the side netting, Hleb’s pass to the keeper from 2 feet, RVP’s header glanced wide , Thiery’s flick wide, need I go on. Moscow set their stall out early, clearly happy to settle for a nil, nil, a well organised and disciplined side thwarted by Arsenal’s inability to score.

Tonight was going to be so promising, my first taste of ‘The Club’ level, a meal and couple of drinks in comfortable surrounding, watching the comings and goings of the directors box Double D, Alan Pardew etc.  I was shown to my seat, 2 seats away from the directors box, and directly behind Arsene, a great view but is it worth the extra money? I’m not sure. Having season tickets in the lower east, you are much more in the thick of the atmosphere, but the view is not so great, especially when the action is down the ‘ no clock’ end, but saving £3.5k per season, I can put up with the odd neck strain. I was sat next to Ted Baker, yes the guy with the great clothes stores, he was being entertained, and despite being a Sp…s supporter wanted the Gunners to win, he was shocked, saying that there were more chances created in the one game than at the Sh.t hole in an entire season. So what should have been a truly memorable evening will soon be a forgotten memory.

It was good to read Thierry’s comments in the program notes, saying he realised that the fans were not booing at him, it was just that knob from the NOTW that reported sh.t rather than the truth. He did however call upon all the gunners for a bit more vocal support, and if we face facts he’s probably not wrong. Having been sat almost in the middle of the ground, there is not a lot of noise from anywhere apart from the North Bank, there’s the odd chorus from somewhere in the corner of the ‘No Clock’ end and The Lower West, but not a lot anywhere else. Come on bloggers, lets get the noise levels up and give the team some more support. God help the team that meets us when we put away all those chances, maybe West Ham? That’s probably why Pardew left at half time to go and build some brick walls in the Upton Park goals. Surely Sunday will bring a hat full?

Am I the only one that thinks, Thiery needs some support up front, we are a bit of a one trick pony, playing everything through him, we need another Bergkamp, who sits just behind Thiery, picking up lose balls, dare I say it, we could even be more productive without No.14 on the pitch?


November 2, 2006 - Posted by | Matches

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